Category: Corporate Finance

Spoiled meal: The Restaurant Group sees its shares go down as it announces the acquisition of Wagamama

Restaurant Group PLC (LON: RTN) – market cap as of 11/09/2018: £512.35m Introduction On the 30th of October 2018, The Restaurant Group plc announced its plan to purchase the entirety of the issued share capital of Mabel Topco Limited, the holding company of Wagamama, effectively acquiring Wagamama, a high-growth brand in the casual-dining industry, for […]

Big Blue fires back in $34bn deal for Red Hat

IBM – Share price as of 09/11/2018 – $123.54 Red Hat – Share price as of 09/11/2018 – $173,75 Introduction From the 1900’s to the 1970’s, technology companies went from producing bulky recording machines to even bulkier versions of the first computers. Since then, they ditched the design, which resembled a microwave more so than […]

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust kills two birds with one stone with the CBA asset management units’ acquisition and creates a ¥90 trillion colossus

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (TOKYO: 8306:JP) – market cap as of 09/11/2018: ¥9.477tn Introduction  On October 31, 2018, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (“MUTB”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the cross-listed Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”), and one of Japan’s leading asset managers, came to an agreement with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia […]

Private Equity surfs the new debt wave

Private Equity Industry Overview Private equity is like home flipping, but with large corporations instead of dilapidated houses from the 1970’s. Only rather than having profits in the tens of thousands, it’s in the tens of millions. The private equity industry, pioneered in the 1970’s by the likes of KKR and Apollo, has grown to […]

Consolidation in the military industry: Harris-L3 Merge

L3 Technologies Inc (LLL: HRS) – Share price as of 02/11/2018 – $189,25 Harris Corp (NYSE: HRS) – Share price as of 02/11/2018 – $147,7 Introduction On October 14, 2018, military communication providers Harris Corp and L3 Technologies Inc. announced that they had entered into a definitive agreement to complete an all-stock merger, thus creating […]

Pit stop for external growth: KKR owned Calsonic Kansei acquires FCA owned Magneti Marelli

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) – market cap as of 31/10/2018: USD 23.978bn KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR) – market cap as of: 31/10/2018: USD 19.176bn Introduction On October 22, 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announced the sale of its automotive components unit Magneti Marelli for a price of €6.2bn to leading Japanese […]

Coffee market heating up: Lavazza takes a $650m bite out of Mars

Introduction On October 1, 2018, leading Italian coffee company Lavazza announced its acquisition of Mars Drinks, the renowned coffee businesses of Mars Incorporated. The deal entails Lavazza’s acquisition of the single-serve Flavia machine and the Klix freestanding Vending machine businesses – two leading brands in the Office Coffee Service (OCS) and Vending segments – and […]

Race towards driverless cars: Honda’s $2.75bn investments in General Motors’ self driving unit

Honda Motor Co Ltd: Market Cap as of 12/10/18 – JPY 5.601tn General Motors Co: Market Cap as of 12/10/18 – $44.95bn Introduction On October 3rd Honda announced a $2.75 billion investment in General Motors Cruise self driving unit, obtaining a 5.7% stake in the company. The transaction was conducted to develop together autonomous vehicles […]

The first British carmaker to ever hit the Market: how much will it take for the new Aston Martin IPO to go from zero to FTSE?

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc (AML: GB) – market cap as of 8/10/2018: €3.6bn Introduction Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury sports cars, completed its Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange on October 3rd, 2018. The issue price of £19 a share corresponds to […]

Michael Kors makes high-end fashion statement with €1.83bn acquisition of Italian fashion house Versace

Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE:KORS) – market cap as of 02/10/2018: USD9.954bn Gianni Versace SpA   Introduction On September 25, 2018 the handbag maker Michael Kors Holdings Limited signed an official agreement to purchase all of the outstanding shares of the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace SpA for a total EV of €1.83bn. The deal […]

Comcast moves next in the global media chess game: the acquisition of Sky

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) – market cap as of 03/10/18: USD 163.67bn Framework In order to further understand the dynamics behind the acquisition of Sky by Comcast, it’s useful to provide some context and shed some light on the series of events that started in the winter of 2016 and culminated with this deal. The […]

Adobe acquires Marketo for $4.75bn: a massive marketing mashup to cope with rising customers’ expectations

Adobe System [ADBE: NASDQ] – Market Cap as of 30/09/2018 $131.772bn Introduction  On September 20, 2018, the American multinational computer software company Adobe Systems, announced that it had entered into an agreement to buy the B2B marketing engagement cloud platform Marketo from Vista Equity Partners, in a transaction valued at approximately $4.75bn. About Adobe System Adobe […]

The age of risk has just begun and Marsh & McLennan quickly cements its position in the market acquiring Jardine Lloyd Thompson for $5.6bn

Marsh & McLennan Companies [MMC:NYSE] – Market Cap 42,252bn Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc [JLT.T:LSE] – Market Cap 4,025bn Introduction  On September 18, 2018, the New-York-based conglomerate Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (“MMC”), a global leader in the fields of risk, strategy and people, acquired the lower-scaled UK rival Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc (“JLT”), a specialized […]

Tesla – Rollercoaster On The Market

Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) – market cap as of 29/09/2018: USD 45.17bn Recent History Tesla Inc. has been on the front page of newspapers since its IPO in 2010. Elon Musk, its charismatic CEO and Chairman, is one of the most famous entrepreneurs in current times and he has been able to transform a small […]

Investing in the Baltic Region: Blackstone to acquire Luminor Bank

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 24/09/2018: $47.23bn Introduction On September 13, 2018, Nordea and DNB announced that they had entered into an agreement to sell 60% of the Baltic bank Luminor to the private equity giant Blackstone in a transaction that is valued at approximately $1bn. Furthermore, Nordea decided […]

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